As part of efforts in ensuring the proper implementation of its project titled PRO-Resilience Action-PRO-ACT 2015 in Liberia, BRAC-Liberia has conducted a day long project inception workshop in Kakata, Margibi County.
The one day workshop held in the conference room of the Ministry of Agriculture sub-office on December 6, 2016 in the World Bank Community in Kakata brought together nearly 60 participants representing farmer organizations, private sector, community-based organizations and different partner organizations among others.
Speaking at the end of the workshop, the senior agriculture program manager of BRAC International, Md. Emanur Shikder said the training is meant to share the projects’ goal and workings of the organization with these targeted groups as well as collecting suggestions and recommendations among other things from the participants in order to be able to smoothly implement the project at the community level.
Mr. Shikder noted that the participants are people who live in the communities and have vast knowledge on happenings in their various communities and the country at large.
According to him, the organization works in six counties including Margibi, Bong, Montserrado, Bomi, Bassa and Grand Cape Mount. He explained that in each county BRAC conducts project inception workshop for NGOs, private sector, community-based organizations and different partner organizations.
He further said PRO-Resilience Action-PRO-ACT 2015 is a project aimed at supporting poor and food and nutrition insecure to react to crises and strengthen resilience in Liberia and it is being supported by the European Union.
The BRAC senior agriculture program manager said the project started in 2015 after signing an agreement with the European Union in October of last year. Mr. Shikder indicated that the project is being prepared in an integrated ways to be able to incorporate all BRAC’s development activities especially agriculture, poultry and livestock among others.
He noted that the microfinance group has also integrated other development related activities, adding that everyone knows that climate change is a serious issue of concern across the world; as such the organization has incorporated different types of interventions in the project.
Giving a background of the organization, Md. Emanur Shikder disclosed that BRAC, born in Bangladesh, is currently operating in 10 countries including Liberia. He added that BRAC started its programme in Liberia since 2008 and has been actively involved in microfinance, agriculture, poultry, livestock program, health and empowerment of adolescents.
“BRAC’s agriculture and livestock program aims to improve productivity and increase income of poor farmers through the supply of quality agricultural inputs, building the capacity of farmers and promoting the use of modern farming techniques” he narrated.
Meanwhile, Md. Emanur Shikder lauded the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture as well as other partner organizations for the cordial working relationship.
In a comment, the livestock program manager of BRAC-Liberia, Jafar Eqbal, called for support from the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture.
By: Moses M. Tokpah